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AquaStretch Increases Flexibility
Exercising in the water is ideal for people who need a low impactactivity due to arthritis and back pain. AquaStretch is a great technique in the water to promote healing from injuries and chronic conditions and increase flexibility.
AquaStretch is a type of manual therapy performed in shallow water that combines intuitive movement performed by the patient and gentle pressure from the physical or recreational therapist. The goal is to release the underlying restrictions of the fascia, the thin tissue covering the muscle fibers.
Fascial adhesions occur when two or more layers of connective tissue bond to each other, preventing a normal gliding motion. These adhesions cause pain and limit range of motion. Adhesions also may cause a patient to compensate for the motion, which may result in functional limitations such as difficulty reaching, walking or maintaining position. AquaStretch addresses these natural movement patterns and improves physical function by increasing range of motion and reducing stress to the area.
“AquaStretch is effective because the body’s flexibility is enhanced in water and the warm water promotes muscle relaxation and decreased pain,” says Barrie Jo Wambold, PT, DPT, MTC, ATRIC, a Good Shepherd physical therapist who specializes in aqua therapy. “The buoyancy of the water counteracts gravity, resulting in decreased joint compression and longer support for muscle stretching.”
Many of Good Shepherd’s therapists are certified in AquaStretch and offer the technique during one-on-one therapy and through wellness programs.
To learn more, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422) or contact us.